[Tweeters] leucistic chickadee in West SEattle

Elaine Thomas ethomas at salud.unm.edu
Fri Dec 24 16:51:31 PST 2021



This morning I saw what I believe is a leucistic chickadee on 44th Ave between Genessee and Oregon Sts. Someone has feeders up and there were a number of juncos, etc. The cute little dude was very white (hard to get a good look with no binocs or camera) - a "snowbird" for our impending snow!
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Today's Topics:

1. Hundreds of Ancient Murrelets @ Alden Bank (Eric Ellingson)
2. Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2021-12-23
(birdmarymoor at gmail.com)
3. Last minute ideas for keeping hummingbird feeders thawed (Vicki)
4. Re: Last minute ideas for keeping hummingbird feeders thawed
(Dennis Paulson)
5. Skagit Gyrfalcon (Gary Bletsch)
6. Thanks, looks like I can still post to Tweeters (Gary Bletsch)


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Message: 1
Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2021 21:29:30 +0000
From: Eric Ellingson <abriteway at hotmail.com>
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Subject: [Tweeters] Hundreds of Ancient Murrelets @ Alden Bank
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A few weeks ago, I took a boat trip out to Alden Bank near the San Juans and the dominate bird out there was by far the Ancients. From one viewpoint I counted close to 200. My best guess is that there were easily twice that as they continued for a couple of miles. They were often in groups of 5-20. They would form a rough line then all dive near the same time. After disappearing, they would pop up. The weather was cold, dark (nearing sundown), light rain but the water was flat for viewing. Heading back to Birch Bay I could not take a straight line for a mile or so and had to slow down when they would suddenly pop up near the boat.

Then again, I went out on the 21st with 3 others and we came upon similar numbers but not grouped in as tight an area. Dozens and dozens were seen flying near & far.

We did get numerous viewings to their running / belly bouncing off wave crests while attempting to get fully airborne. A poor shot of this was captured which I put on my Flickr page.

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Message: 2
Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2021 14:41:08 -0800
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Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2021-12-23
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Tweets ? Our first post-solstice walk was rather quiet, but not completely without highlights. The weather was breezier than we would have liked, but temps were in the low 40?s and there was very minimal precipitation. We had no really large flocks of geese and very few gulls. Numbers for most species seemed low.

Highlights:
a.. Snow Goose ? Flock of 18-20 flew over the lake platform
b.. Cooper?s Hawk ? One flying the west edge of the Dog Area caused much excitement amongst American Robins and American Crows
c.. Merlin ? One perched just north of the boardwalk
d.. COMMON REDPOLL ? Maybe a dozen, mixed with Pine Siskins, in a tree along the slough about 20 yards north of the southern gate of the Dog Area. One or two calling east of the East Meadow
e.. White-throated Sparrow ? One with large flock of Golden and White-crowned Sparrows, NW part of the Dog Area
f.. White-crowned Sparrow ? Maybe 30, much more common than in recent weeks
A late scan of the lake turned up two LESSER SCAUP and a HORNED GREBE.

Last Saturday was the Eastside Audubon CBC, and Brian and I covered Marymoor Park. We had over 20 COMMON REDPOLL just south of the Dog Area, plus seven species we didn?t have for today: WOOD DUCK, WILSON?S SNIPE, SHORT-BILLED GULL, RING-BILLED GULL, DOWNY WOODPECKER, HAIRY WOODPECKER, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.

Other misses today included Bushtit, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, and Lincoln?s Sparrow.

For the day, 51 species. For the week, 58.

Happy Holidays

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Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2021 15:17:46 -0800
From: Vicki <vickibiltz at gmail.com>
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Subject: [Tweeters] Last minute ideas for keeping hummingbird feeders
thawed
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Hi,
I have a rather large numbers of Anna?s here on our property. I gave 3
glass feeders and a humdinger I?m not worried about. I know to bring them
in, but the temps where I live at least, are going to be pretty harsh. My
husband is picking up led strings of lights to try and protect them. Any
last minute ideas or tips on keeping them thawed? I?ve always just swapped
them out during the day, but can?t do that this week.
I?m not even sure the lights will help.
Any tips are greatly appreciated
Vicki Biltz
Buckley, WA
Vickibiltz at gmail.com
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Message: 4
Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2021 18:17:32 -0800
From: Dennis Paulson <dennispaulson at comcast.net>
To: Vicki <vickibiltz at gmail.com>
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Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Last minute ideas for keeping hummingbird
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Vicki, we have sometimes duct-taped ?Little Hotties? (little heating pads) to the underside of the feeders during very cold weather. You have to manipulate the pad to get it to produce heat. Maybe you know about them; we use them as hand warmers sometimes.

Good luck!

Dennis


> On Dec 23, 2021, at 3:17 PM, Vicki <vickibiltz at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Hi,

> I have a rather large numbers of Anna?s here on our property. I gave 3 glass feeders and a humdinger I?m not worried about. I know to bring them in, but the temps where I live at least, are going to be pretty harsh. My husband is picking up led strings of lights to try and protect them. Any last minute ideas or tips on keeping them thawed? I?ve always just swapped them out during the day, but can?t do that this week.

> I?m not even sure the lights will help.

> Any tips are greatly appreciated

> Vicki Biltz

> Buckley, WA

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Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2021 04:05:15 +0000 (UTC)
From: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch at yahoo.com>
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Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit Gyrfalcon
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Dear Tweeters,
Today, the 23rd December, a Gyrfalcon flew by the dredge-spoil islets in Padilla Bay. I was trying to relocate the Emperor Goose just one more time, scoping from the berm by the "Seahawks 12" tower. That is across the road from the big T. Bailey industrial site at the SE corner of March Point.?
I did not see the Emperor Goose, but the Gyrfalcon was a welcome consolation prize. It flew low along the dredge spoils, heading north, scaring up some Pintail and Wigeon. Then it perched for a good ten minutes on some driftwood on one of the islets. This was only the third time I'd seen a Gyrfalcon at March Point.
I am not sure if this message will reach Tweeters. I am trying to switch my e-mail address from my old Yahoo address to a new one, which is this:
garybletsch at protonmail.com

but have not yet figured out how to get signed up on Tweeters with this new address. Somehow in the process, it is now apparently difficult or impossible for me to send messages to Tweeters on my old e-mail account, at least not without typing in the Tweeters e-mail address one character at a time. Meanwhile, Tweeters is giving me some static about my new account--perhaps because ProtonMail is so secure?
It would be most appreciated if someone in Tweeter-land were to reply to this message, to let me know that I am still able to send messages to Tweeters.
Yours truly,
Gary Bletsch
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Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2021 05:19:32 +0000 (UTC)
From: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch at yahoo.com>
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Subject: [Tweeters] Thanks, looks like I can still post to Tweeters
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Dear Tweeters,
Thanks to all of the birders who wrote back--looks like I can still post to Tweeters.
Yours truly,
Gary Bletsch
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